African American Museum in Philadelphia
i found god in myself: the 40 anniversary of Ntozake Shange’s for colored girls is a two gallery art exhibit celebrating the 40th anniversary of the choreopoem/play for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf, curated by Souleo Wright.
Through 20 commissioned artworks by nationally acclaimed artists including Renee Cox, Rafia Santana, Pamela Council, Alexandria Smith and Danny Simmons the exhibition is a tribute to the Broadway play that honors the individual poems and underscores the enduring significance of the choreopoem and the social and cultural issues of the women of color. Additional works by artists including Deborah Willis, Carrie Mae Weems and further expand upon related themes of sexuality, race, sisterhood, violence and self-love depicted in and inspired by Ms. Shange’s work. The exhibition will also include archival material that highlights the creation and evolution of the original text from its 1974 California debut to its Broadway run from the Barnard Archives and Special Collections at Barnard College.
i found god in myself originally debuted in 2014 at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Long Gallery Harlem (formerly The Sol Studio) and La Maison d’Art. This expanded show at The African American Museum in Philadelphia includes area artists and opens with a public reception on Thursday, October 6.